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'Love & Hip Hop Hollywood': Miles & Mona Uncensored

Kelsey Minor | Posted 10.20.2015 | Gay Voices
Kelsey Minor

"The first thing that comes out of another man's mouth in our culture when you are trying to humiliate somebody or diss them, you call them gay, you call them soft, you call them a sissy, you call them a punk, these are the words, it's like the biggest disrespect."

This Program Is Reclaiming Hip-Hop As A Tool For Success

The Huffington Post | Ashley Velez | Posted 05.27.2015 | Impact

On the corner of Holt and Gary Avenues in downtown Pomona rises a massive, 24-thousand-square-foot cobblestone building. It once protected the sav...

Here's How Pop Music Has Evolved In Recent Years, According To Science

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 05.12.2015 | Science

Fans of pop music know that it has undergone some pretty dramatic changes in recent decades, and one musical genre seems to be driving this musical ev...

Waka Flocka Flame: Jay Z Isn't On My Album Because I 'Don't Deserve' It

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 04.22.2015 | HuffPost Live 321

While many hip-hop artists are notorious for their confident, self-aggrandizing attitudes, Waka Flocka Flame took a distinctively different approach d...

No Respect For Hip-Hop's O.G.s: Why Many Legendary MCs Still Need To Hustle

The Daily Beast | Stereo Williams | Posted 02.26.2015 | Black Voices

Imagine Billy Joel, the Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, and Led Zeppelin embarking on a 32-city tour together. Picture the legions of aging Baby Boomers...

Scientists Reveal Secrets Behind Hip Hop's Most Complicated Rhymes

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 02.17.2015 | Science

After analyzing the music of some of hip hop's biggest artists, from Eminem to Public Enemy, linguists at the University of Manchester in England noti...

Richard Pryor Haunts Top Five

Andy Hoglund | Posted 02.16.2015 | Entertainment
Andy Hoglund

Pryor's legacy -- his brilliance, his contradictions and ultimate tragedy -- lingers in the shadows of Chris Rock's Top Five. He is referenced outright by Rock's character Andre Allen during a conversation about comedy's greats. But the allusions to Pryor go deeper.

A Shift in Hip Hop: What Kendrick's Verse Didn't Do

Mahogany Clayton | Posted 10.11.2014 | Entertainment
Mahogany Clayton

While there are still some remaining musical gems, there is too much talent out there for us to be forced to listen to garbage more often than not. The radio should be riddled with forceful rhymes, instead it's bass-filled beats to stifle the lack of skill on every track.

The Hip-Hop Artists With The Largest Vocabulary, Revamped

The Huffington Post | Avery Stone | Posted 08.01.2014 | Entertainment

A couple months ago, Matt Daniels wowed wordsmiths and hip-hop enthusiasts alike with his hip-hop flow chart. It ranked 85 rappers by the size of the ...

Rapper Soulja Boy: New CD 'King Soulja 3' Has 'Better Beats, Bigger Collabs'

Pollo Del Mar | Posted 09.23.2014 | San Francisco
Pollo Del Mar

"I don't get caught up in the numbers," Soulja Boy insisted during a recent telephone interview. "I just have fun and put out music. That's what got me in the position I'm in now."

Rapper Warren G: 'Anybody Can Put Out a Rap Record Now'

Pollo Del Mar | Posted 08.17.2014 | San Francisco
Pollo Del Mar

Warren G has seen plenty of changes in the music industry -- especially as relates to rap and hip hop. While much of this evolution is unquestionably positive, the rapper says not all has been for the better.

Odd Future Defends Use Of 'Faggot' In Their Rhymes

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 05.15.2014 | Gay Voices

The men of the hip-hop collective Odd Future stopped by HuffPost Live this week and spoke out about their controversial use of "faggot" in their rhyme...

The Rappers Who Reference Drugs The Most Are ...

The Huffington Post | Ryan Kristobak | Posted 05.13.2014 | Entertainment

Following the report of hip-hop artists with the largest vocabularies, Project Know decided to tap into the RapGenius database and pull out the preval...

The Hip-Hop Artists With The Largest (Or Not) Vocabulary

The Huffington Post | Ryan Kristobak | Posted 05.06.2014 | Entertainment

When it comes to grading and comparing hip-hop artists, there are a number of attributes that need to be examined: flow, message, beat selection, popu...

Tongues Untied: Is Fly Young Red's Newest Track Revolutionary?

Darnell L. Moore | Posted 05.31.2014 | Gay Voices
Darnell L. Moore

"None of this removes the misogyny in this song/video where -- instead of black women -- gay femme black men are being used as tropes. But I do think much is to be praised."

5 Reasons Why You Should be Listening to International Hip-Hop

Christopher Emdin | Posted 03.15.2014 | Arts
Christopher Emdin

Despite what has become of hip-hop culture in the United States, my trip to South Africa reawakened my love for the music and the culture. That trip showed me that hip-hop's purity still exists.

Taking on Hip-Hop

Kim Lute | Posted 02.17.2014 | Entertainment
Kim Lute

Sadly, for the most part, American music has gone the way of American cuisine. That is to say quality and originality have been replaced with fast food-type mediocrity.

Revolt TV and Sean Combs: The Revolution Will Be Televised

Fueled | Posted 02.03.2014 | Entertainment

If anyone can pull off a complex concept like this, it's Sean Combs.

Hip-hop and Mediocracy

Daddy-O | Posted 08.18.2013 | Black Voices

There is no political correctness in my rant. Just facts. Without diversity, there is no hip-hop, even if you choose to call it that. Hip-hop is not a reality TV show. Hip-hop is not a pair of pants sagging. Hip-hop has founders, innovation, and purpose.

High Stakes for Hip-Hop Studies

Erik Nielson | Posted 06.29.2013 | College
Erik Nielson

I see the addition of hip-hop-themed courses to college curricula as a matter of basic common sense and something to celebrate. And yet teaching it remains controversial.

Rick Ross as a Mirror for the Music Industry and Culture as a Whole

Toni Nagy | Posted 06.18.2013 | Entertainment
Toni Nagy

Forcing an apology out of Ross does not address the pandemic of misogyny. This message of party culture and women as sexual objects is constantly perpetuated by the music business.

WATCH: Middle Eastern And North African Rappers Talk Revolution And Music

Posted 03.06.2013 | HuffPost Live 321

Music, espeially hip hop, has always been at the heart of social and political upheaval, inspiring change and speaking out against inequality and inju...

Why Music, Part 7: Beyond Genre

Frank Fitzpatrick | Posted 05.01.2013 | Arts
Frank Fitzpatrick

Although genres in music may be useful in helping us organize our song libraries, like any labels -- racial, cultural, artistic or spiritual -- genres can limit the potential to staying open to more encompassing visions and a greater sense of personal connection.

Hip Hoppers & Occupy -- Are We the Music We Have Been Waiting For?

Jerry Ashton | Posted 12.11.2012 | New York
Jerry Ashton

There is something about the Occupy Movement -- and especially in its recent incarnation as "Occupy Sandy" -- that brings out the best in us. And the best in us is increasingly found in the music we call Hip Hop.

Singer Yewande Declares 'War' on Poverty and Injustice (VIDEO)

Kristi York Wooten | Posted 02.04.2013 | Impact
Kristi York Wooten

Since 2006, Yewande has taken a message of hope and solidarity to college campuses and civic organizations around the world through music-based initiatives produced by her Change Rocks Foundation.